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Write & Publish Captivating Narratives

Now, arguably more than ever before, the art of communication is a crucial asset. New media and decentralized methods of storytelling bring new voices and fresh perspectives to the forefront of culture and discourse each day. But with more content comes the challenge of attention. With so many stories out there, how do you ensure your ideas and stories are captivating the audiences you want to reach?

In this 5-week workshop, study genre-spanning prose in the contemporary publishing landscape, give and receive feedback on drafts, and generate new writing. By reading, writing, and discussing literature, participants will ascertain themes of captivating communications, learning how to hone their own narratives.

Over the course of five weeks, participants will:

  • utilize prompts to generate new writing

  • receive feedback on a work in progress and craft ideas for revisions

  • review participant work through the eyes of an editor

  • read and discuss published prose with a critical eye

  • familiarize yourself with the contemporary publishing landscape

  • learn how to pitch and submit your work for publication

Instructor Elizabeth de Cleyre holds a BA and MFA in creative writing, studying with authors and writers Paul Harding, Lidia Yuknavitch, Kate Christensen, and Michele Filgate, among others.  As an editor and publishing consultant, she’s guided over 70 writers and authors to publication. Her essays and reviews are published in Ploughshares online, Brevity, The Review Review, Barstow & Grand, and ayris.


SAMPLE Syllabus

Week 1 - New Methods of Storytelling: Intro to Hybrid Genre, Corporeal Writing, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Autofiction

  • For the first week, participants will discuss assigned readings, receive prompts, and a rundown of how the rest of the course will run.

Week 2 - Personal Narrative & Societal Context in Nonfiction

  • For the second week, participants will discuss assigned readings and receive prompts to work on at home. We will workshop 2 participant drafts.

Week 3 - Fiction & Autofiction

  • For the third week, participants will discuss assigned readings and receive prompts to work on at home. We will workshop 2 participant drafts.

Week 4 - Writing as Conversation: Ekphrasis, Essays, Culture, & Reviews

  • For the second week, participants will discuss assigned readings and receive prompts to work on at home. We will workshop 2 participant drafts.

Week 5 - Pitching, Publishing & Sharing Writing

  • For the final week, we will discuss readings related to publishing, pitching, and sharing your writing.